Relief? Covid cash is a slap in the face: councils

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Relief? Covid cash is a slap in the face: councils

With all the pandemic extras needed, the disaster grant doesn’t come close to being a six-month cushion, they say

Sthembile Cele

SA Local Government Association president Thembi Nkadimeng has slammed the Treasury’s R252m municipal disaster relief fund allocation as a “slap in the face” for municipalities.

Nkadimeng is also livid at having to wait until August before the R20bn relief announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa lands in the municipalities’ accounts.

The mayor of Polokwane said the Treasury waited until day 43 of the nationwide lockdown before it announced the allocations to municipalities, which, she said, were already in distress...

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